We host a number of events at the Hall during the year, ranging from Garden tours and Gardening talks to classical music recitals. If you plan to visit us we have also listed a number of other interesting local destinations and include here recommendations for accommodation and eating out.
Fairlight Hall is a private family home set in some 90 acres of pleasure gardens, pasture and woodland, with commanding views across farmland to the English Channel and the Rye Bay peninsula. The mock Tudor mansion was built in the 1850s by a Sussex family of landed gentry who, in a relatively short period of time amassed an estate of some 4,000 acres. Today Fairlight Hall plays host to a number of different events managed by the family and supported by a team of housekeepers, gardeners and estate workers.
GARDENS AND ESTATE
The Victorian mansion sits in some 90 acres of grounds including pleasure gardens, woodlands and flower meadows. The entire estate is Soil Association Certified.
Fairlight Hall is very much a family home which is shared where possible for the enjoyment of neighbours and local community organisations. Although the house itself is not open for public viewing, the pleasure gardens and grounds have been enjoyed on many occasions during the past decade as the host venue for charitable events and garden openings.
GARDEN OPENINGS & EVENTS
Become a Volunteer Today
At Fairlight Hall we offer a volunteer scheme so people can be involved in a variety of areas within the garden. Volunteers at Fairlight Hall will be able to experience one of the finest gardens in East Sussex which is rarely open to the public.
Woodlands and Firewood
There are some 35 acres of mixed, broadleaf native woodland, including extensive bluebell woods. The Woodland is also managed for firewood production and harvesting and from September 2015 we have offered a range of firewood for commercial and residential use.
With our 80-seat recital room and extensive gardens, Fairlight Hall frequently hosts musical and garden events.
The Recital Room
The former coach house now serves as a recital room with an 80-seat capacity and is home to the Prizewinners’ Recital Series for the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. It can be adapted for meetings and lectures and opens up to a sheltered courtyard.
The Russian Steps
The newest landscaping project in the gardens, the so-called Russian Steppes slope away down towards the walled garden with breathtaking sea views, and forming a large natural amphitheatre which can accommodate over 1,000 spectators.
The Walled Garden
The spectacular walled garden has a built in Amphitheatre with tiered grass seating and naturally good acoustics. It will seat up to 500 comfortably and has the option of large fixed umbrellas for rain cover and shade.
Fairlight Hall RDA
We are delighted to offer Riding for the Disabled. This is one of the newest RDA groups in the South East and our facilities include a large outdoor riding school and easy access to bridleways in Hastings Country Park.